MORE INNOVATION IN AVIATION DESIGN FROM THE LSA CATEGORY, BUT WILL PAST REGULATORY PRACTICES UNNECESSARILY KILL CREATIVITY?

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ARTICLE: The Aero 180 Light Aircraft

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Another example of innovation from the Light Aircraft segment reinforces the potential that the class has to contribute to aviation. This story, which emphasizes new manufacturing and design techniques, suggests that these changes will challenge the regulators as to the standards of certification and the documentation required to demonstrate airworthiness.

The FAA is far more comfortable dealing with established TC/PC holders than trying to understand and accommodate the efforts of companies like Aero that are trying to reduce the complexity and intensity of manufacturing. When an entity has a target aircraft price of $27,000, there will be great pressure to reduce the regulatory costs, but will the regulatory agency accept less paperwork or less details than have been required in the past?

Good luck Mike Fallwell and Detrick Cornelsen; we hope that your innovation will not be stymied by regulators unwilling to consider new approaches. Yes, aviation safety requires more regulation, but maybe there are ways in which that oversight/knowledge/control can be accomplished without undue burdens.

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